Linked by Shlomi Fish on Sat 16th Oct 2004 07:28 UTC
General Development The purpose of this essay is to explain why I believe Perl 6, the way it currently seems to progress, is the wrong thing at the wrong time, and why I predict (with all the expected caveats of predicting something) that it won't be successful. I will also suggest a better alternative for the future of Perl which makes more sense at this point.
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re: Readability
by WebDragon on Sat 16th Oct 2004 16:28 UTC

Oh yes, and lest I forget...

Yes it's possible to write unreadable code in any language.

I spent much of my 'learning Perl5' process learning how to write readable code for maintainability. I wish this were focused on more, and that there weren't so many sources of god-awful code out there for people to learn from (Matt's Script Archive being one of them. Thank god there's NMS [ http://nms-cgi.sourceforge.net/ ] replacements for things like FormMail.pl which is near pure in its horrifyingly bad practices.)

If you're having a hard time reading badly written Perl, I would say to you that I wasn't surprised, and that if that is code you are currently actively using, it is long past time you refactored it or replaced it. Do you have any problem reading Perl code that I've written (and released publicly on my website?)